Hello, everyone! Darsie here, and I have a pretty braided necklace to share. I just love working with glass pearls and the Jewel Loom™ and wanted to do a monochromatic piece for you. The pretty pendant was on clearance, and I knew instantly that it would be the focal point, yet not detract from the gorgeous woven braids. ~ Enjoy!
To create the braids, start out by making 6 strands of woven pearls: 2 of black, 2 of grey and 2 of silver. To make each length, use three strands of Black Wildfire for the warp threads on the Jewel Loom™ to allow each row to have two pearls. Weave 58 rows and remove the length from the loom, then add a single pearl at both ends of each length. Next, cut 2 6 inch pieces of black wire and thread it through the single pearls of 1 black, grey and silver lengths. Holding tight to the wire, braid the three strands of woven pearls. Insert another length of black wire into the single pearls at the end of the braid to keep it’s form.
Thread each side of the wire with black crystal bicones, faceted rounds, spacers and small pearls. With round nose pliers, form a loop with the ends of the wire and attach the pendant. Repeat this process with the remaining lengths, which is the other side of the necklace. To finish it off, thread small pearls onto the ends of both braided pieces and add a rectangle clasp.